Dec 8, 2012 4:00pm PST
including "teen kids news" on their big screen in times square, new york city. steves: from granada, it's a two-hour drive over the mountains and down into europe's fun-in-the-sun headquarters, the costa del sol. i find this strip of mediterranean coastline generally overbuilt and very commercialized. malaga, the major city of the coast, is a good place to pass through. and almost anything even resembling a quaint fishing village is long gone, replaced by time-share condos and golf courses. the big draw is the beaches. there are plenty of hotels, and sun worshipers enjoy themselves in spite of the congestion and lack of charm or local culture. nearly every country from europe's drizzly north tucks an expatriate community somewhere along this coast. they don't want to leave their culture, just their weather. my favorite costa del sol stop is the resort town of nerja. while capitalizing on the holiday culture, nerja has retained some of its charm. the church fronts the square, which fronts the beach, and everybody's out strolling, eventually winding up on the proud "balcony of europe"
Dec 22, 2012 4:00pm PST
" on their big screen in times square, new york city. xnóx steves: pause at any street corner to enjoy a vivid slice of neapolitan life. and don't forget to look up. with no yards, families make full use of their tiny balconies. this is basso living. basso living. what does that mean? it can mean "low." so, literally, low? this is like a small apartment -- two, three bedrooms for five, six, seven, eight, nine people to a family. the traditional, sort of romantic life in the streets. life in the streets, yeah. many people might have money to go away from here, but they still stay here. steves: no taste of naples is complete without a pizza. antica pizzeria da michele is a favorite. baking in just the right combination of fresh dough, mozzarella, and tomatoes in traditional woodburning ovens, this restaurant is considered by many the birthplace of pizza. they brag it takes several years of practice to get the dough just right. catering to pizza purists, the menu is brief --
Dec 15, 2012 4:00pm PST
screen in times square, new york city. óq?rf?txxxÑ( steves: from towns on the valley floor, a train takes tourists and adventurers alike to the region's ultimate perch, the jungfraujoch. this breathtaking station sits like a fairy castle at 11,000 feet between two of the region's highest peaks. the weather's usually better in the early morning. we're on the first train. towering high above are the jungfrau, monch, and eiger peaks, named for the legend of the young maiden -- jungfrau -- being protected by the monk, or monch, from the mean ogre, or eiger. continuing on, we change trains at kleine scheidegg, a rail junction at the base of these peaks. it has shops, rustic beds, and hearty food for hikers. this is the jumping-off point for rock climbers attempting to scale the foreboding north face of the eiger. this train incredibly tunnels through the inside of the eiger on its slow yet exhilarating climb to the literal high point of any trip to the swiss alps, the jungfraujoch. swiss engineers dug this tunnel and built this railway over 100 years ago. why? because they could, a